$15,000 donation helps Charleston Animal Society with Hurricane Matthew expences

January 17, 2017 GMT

Hurricane Matthew hit some animal shelters hard, but many pets were saved and adopted through a cooperative effort, the Charleston Animal Society said Tuesday.

CAS helped hundreds of animals before, during and after the storm, including dogs, cats and kittens in Georgetown, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Chesterfield and Marion counties, said Joe Elmore, executive director.

“As the hurricane was coming closer and closer to Charleston, three of our partners helped us by evacuating about 100 of our animals,” Elmore said.

That freed up space at the crowded local shelter to receive animals from other areas.

“Then we started responding to folks across six different counties,” Elmore said.

Animal Society veterinarians provided the necessary health checks for dogs and cats moved from a Horry County shelter to Ohio, he said.

He likened the operation to air traffic control.


“You’ve got them on the runway, you’ve got them at the gate, and you’ve got them up in the air waiting to come in,” he said.

Most of the Animal Society expense related to Hurricane Matthew was staff working long hours and being deployed out of town, he said.

PetSmart Charities provided $15,000 to help with the cost of animal crates and staffing, he said, adding that the society’s total storm costs exceeded that amount but weren’t immediately available.